As I promised I am writing my feedback regarding the ESS Software. First, I would like to Thank Mike for the Excellent Service he provided before, during and after the sale. Hope your feeling better now Mike after all the things you went through in the past weeks. In addition to Mike, ESS Norway Staff provided excellent support as well.
Second, The Software feedback. As soon as i started the car and rolled out of the garage I immediately noticed the shift smoothness!! I really never expected the SMG shifting to be much better than stock. (I Wonder why wouldn't BMW update our softwares to match the ESS SMG smoothness.) It is very noticeable! You can feel the difference in Auto and Manual gear modes.
So far I have put 200 Kilo's on the car, and its pulling really hard and I can feel it pull harder and harder. (There is a video comparison coming on the way between a stock M5 and Mine, to prove the difference)
In addition, My RPM has been raised to 8400 (I also had the option to raise it to 8500) which makes the SMG shift at high RPM's very aggressively and that aggressive shift makes you feel really good (at least me) it really brings the smile to your face.
I was also given the option to program the ECU so it wouldnt through any faults if i installed my headers at any point in time. I went with that as well, even though i have no plans to installing headers for the time being.
Overall, I would recommend ESS to anyone interested in not only power, but improving your car characteristics to the better. I waited alot for the perfect company to come up with a good software, and it was all worth it. ESS did a great job researching and all their hard work has come out with good results.
I salute ESS for the Excellent upgrade, and I would recommend them without hesitation. I hope that i havnt missed something, but will update this thread as i put more millage into my car.
GOOD Job Mike @ ESS.
- By the way just remembered that I was part of the long ESS group buy list. Even though it was alot of us, Mike managed to keep us all up to date in public and private with our orders. He even arranged everything with ESS Norway, while he was going through the bad days we all know about. Again Good job man. I am a vey hapy customer, and will be one of your returning customers.
I think you guys should take a look at how Mike@ESS kept us all up to date in his group buy thread here ( **ESS E60 M5 / M6 Custom Tuned Performance Software GROUP BUY**
). I hope that other vendors learn from that thread on how customers should be handled. Again Excellent Job Mike!